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Kahler, Hans-Joachim

Date of birth:
March 21st, 1908 (Morhange, France)
Date of death:
January 14th, 2000 (Hamburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
December 17th, 1943: Oberst der Reserve.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Lieutenant-colonel of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5, 12. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 17th, 1943
On the 20.09.1943 the Soviets broke into a key section of German frontline near Towstoles, capturing the village in the process. Oberstleutnant Kahler took his Kampfgruppe (Kampfbataillon 5, I.(gep)/Panzergrenadier-Regiment 304 and all operational Panzers) and launched a counterattack. This succeeded in recapturing Towstoles and rolling up the whole flank of the enemy force that had broken through here.

By this action the Soviet attempt to interdict the road Tschernigow—Repki—Gomel was defeated. This victory was made all the more important by the fact that, had the Soviets succeeded in their aim, the German divisions would have been forced into nearly impassable swampy terrain while still east of the Dnieper, resulting in the loss of much equipment if not entire formations. For ensuring this did not become reality Oberstleutnant Kahler received the Oakleaves.
355th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 3rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 3rd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur Kradschützen-Bataillon 34
Awarded on:
April 14th, 1943
On the 04.03.1943 Major Kahler launched an attack on his own initiative that succeeded in taking Shurawka, this prize yielding two important bridges and a key railway embankment. Through this action the railway line to Sseredina-Buda was reopened, which in turn enabled the necessary supplies to be procured for the later German attack towards Ssewsk. For his role in laying the groundwork for this operation Major Kahler would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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